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Pete Johnson
How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:04:47 pm

A friend of mine wanted me to explain to him how to use a particular software so I decided to make a screen recording video that would be easier to explain but when I made a 10 minute video the file size was 600 megabytes but when I look at Groove3's tutorial videos they are large and low in file size (25 megabytes), how do I make good videos like that and still keep my file size small?


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Noah Kadner
Re: How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:05:04 pm

Compressor has presets for many different levels of compression. Also uploading to Vimeo and downloading the results is a quickish shortcut.

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Pete Johnson
Re: How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:00:47 pm

Thanks Noah.


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Marco Feil
Re: How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 2, 2016 at 7:49:43 am

There are many ways to make smaller screencasts.

Record a smaller window - don't record your software fullscreen on a 4K monitor - around 720p should be eenough for most applications. Or crop unneeded areas if you just need part of your screen.

Reduce the frames per second - depending on the recorded software 15-25 fps should be plenty.

Encode with variable bitrate. You don't need constant 2500 kbit/s or more bitrate when there's just a bit of mouse pointer movement.

I like Handbrake for encoding - something like this should work:
H.264 Profile high 4.1
Preset: medium or slow
Tune: Animation or none
Constant quality RF 22 (or higher RF for smaller files with less quality)
Audio AAC 64kbit mono if theres just voiceover or 128kbit/s stereo
Framerate 15 FPS peak


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Pete Johnson
Re: How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 2, 2016 at 11:01:21 am

That makes a lot of sense, I will try that. Thanks Marco.


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Pete Johnson
Re: How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 3, 2016 at 12:51:49 am

Marco I used handbrake as you suggested and it worked wonders, thank you very much.


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Craig Seeman
Re: How to make a tutorial video that doesn't have a super large file size?
on Sep 2, 2016 at 2:45:33 pm

I generally do my tutorials in Telestream ScreenFlow
It has basic export capabilities built in. For additional post work I export ProRes, for web it uses a built in x264 encoder in which you can control data rate (which controls file size) profile, frame rate, etc. and, has animated gif export if you need to post to something that only accepts pic files.



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